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"Many times they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me" (Ps 129:2).
April is Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Carol Connelly: Ok, we all have these terrible stories to get over, and you . . . --
Melvin Udall: It isn't true. Some of us have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad. Just no one in this car. But, a lot of people, that's their story. Good times, noodle salad.
--As Good As It Gets (1999)
I've decided to offer glimpses into the varying stages of healing from childhood sexual abuse. The early days, set backs, milestones; including challenges I face today; in no particular order or length.
I think what a lot of folks don't understand about survivors is that we have two stories to overcome. The childhood story written against our will. And the story of shame we perpetuate, albeit unknowingly, in adulthood.
Headed towards healing? Godspeed.
Published on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 12:06 PM CDT